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MainStage Presents Guys and Dolls

Pat Craig of the Bay Area News Group says
Guys and Dolls soars at Berkeley Playhouse.”

Elizabeth Warnimont of the Benicia Herald says
You don’t want to miss this one.

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York, the criminal underworld becomes harmless fantasy in this oddball romantic comedy. The slickest big-time gamblers, Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, can’t resist making or taking a bet on anything. So when a beautiful missionary sets up shop in the neighborhood, Nathan stakes a grand that Sky can’t seduce her. But all bets are off when Sky falls madly in love in this romantic musical spectacular that sets the Big Apple afire with excitement! Frank Loesser’s score includes great standards like “Luck Be a Lady,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Sue Me,” “I’ll Know” and “My Time of Day.” 

March 23 – April 28, 2013

Julia Morgan Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Based on  “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure”
by Damon Runyon

Directed by Jon Tracy
Musical Direction by Robert Michael

Choreography by Chris Black 

Run Time: 2.5 Hours

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Harry the ...
Miss Adela...
Rusty Charlie
Angie the Ox
Benny Sout...

Maytal Bach The Girl   Director JON TRACY
Louise Barcellos
Mimi / Ensemble   Musical Director ROBERT MICHAEL
Carmichael J. Blankenship* Sky Masterson   Choreographer CHRIS BLACK
Lucas Brandt Angie the Ox   Scenic Design JON TRACY
Angel Burgess Sarah Brown     NINA BALL 
Joshua Castro Nicely Nicely Johnson   Costume Designer ABRA BERMAN
Tom Curtin Lt. Brannigan   Lighting Design MICHAEL PALUMBO
Aasha Dev The Girl   Sound Design BRENDAN AANES
Gianna DiGregorio Hot Box Girl   Prop Designer DEVON LaBELLE
Mary Gibboney Gen Matilda Cartwright   Stage Manager SABRINA LAZARUS 
Melissa Martinez Hot Box Girl      
Matthew McCoy Harry The Horse      
AeJay Mitchell Rusty Charlie      
Sarah Mitchell Miss Adelaide      
Eli Clarke Nichols† The Boy      
Simone Olsen-Varela Hot Box Girl      
Catherine Petru Hot Box Girl      
Ben Rotenberg The Boy       
Terry Rucker Big Jule, Arvide Abernathy, Joey Biltmore, Master of Cermonies   
Greg Sottolano Benny Southstreet      
Leslie Waggoner Hot Box Girl      
Michael Scott Wells Nathan Detroit       
 *Member of AEA        
 Youth Performance Calendar


C A S T    
MAYTAL BACH (The Girl) is a seventh grader at King Middle School, has had little experience with gambling and other questionable activities (at least, little she’d like you to know about). She has, however, appeared in numerous productions on the Berkeley Playhouse MainStage, including The Pirates of Penzance, Narnia (Lucy), Cinderella, and various Youth Stage shows. She enjoys playing soccer, basketball, flag football, track, and highly competitive DiXit. She is excited to appear in her third show with Jon Tracy, who always finds the best ways to keep “rockin’ the boat.”  
LOUISE BARCELLOS (Mimi / Hot Box Girl / Mission Band / Havana Girl) is thrilled to be a part of this classic musical as her first production with Berkeley Playhouse. After her arrival to the bay area a year ago, she has been fortunate to work with such companies as KML and Trickster Salon in San Francisco, as well as Berkeley Repertory Theater. She received her Bachelors Degree from Santa Fe University after completing the certified two-year intensive program with PCPA (Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts) in southern California, with a two-year stint in New York between schools. The bay area has been a warm and welcoming artistic community for her and her husband to settle into.   

CARMICHAEL J. BLANKENSHIP* (Sky Masterson) Theatre credits include CATS (Plato/Macavity) Westchester Broadway Theatre, Out of This World (Jupiter) 42nd Street Moon, A Little Night Music (Carl Magnus) Theatreworks, Altar Boyz (Matthew) San Jose Stage Company, The Most Happy Fella (Pasquale) American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and Oklahoma! (Curly) Foothill Music Theatre.

Opera credits include Porgy and Bess, Appomattox, and Moby Dick (Tashtego) with San Francisco Opera.

Dance credits include Moving Arts Dance, Huckabay McAllister, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and Na Hula O Moku’aina. Most recently, he had the joy of performing and choreographing with his wife, Brett, in The Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite.


LUCAS BRANDT (Angie the Ox) is excited to be returning to the Berkeley Playhouse stage after playing Herr Zeller in Berkeley Playhouse’s production of Sound of Music.  Past roles include Van in Dog Sees God (Boxcar Theatre), Trojan Chorus in In The Wound (Shotgun Players), and a plethora of roles at the Pinole Community Playhouse.  Lucas is currently studying theater at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, where he plans to transfer to a four year institution to get a degree in acting.  Lucas would like to thank his family and friends for their never-ending support.  
ANGEL BURGESS (Sarah Brown) is thrilled to be making her debut with Berkeley Playhouse.  Angel was last seen in The San Francisco Playhouse’s 10th Anniversary Season opener Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson in the role of Rachel Jackson.  She is a multifaceted performing artist who recently worked as additional music director and US/Blues Speak Woman and Missie May for SPUNK at Cal Shakes. Bay Area credits: New Conservatory Theatre Center as Erato in Xanadu, Bus Barn Stage Company as Blue Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical, Broadway By The Bay as Dynamite/Ensemble in Hairspray and The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in Black Nativity. Other Regional credits include work in the Goodman Theatre, Congo Square Theatre, Black Ensemble Theatre Chicago, IL. Angel is a member of the National Educational Honors Society and holds a Master’s of Education in the Art of Teaching.  
JOSHUA CASTRO (Nicely Nicely Johnson) is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Playhouse debut! Joshua is an Iowa transplant who grew up ensconced in the performing arts; credits include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Gandalf in The Hobbit, Bernardo in West Side Story, Eddie in Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and Aslan in Narnia. While Joshua did not pursue advanced studies in performance arts during his college days, instead, holding a BA with majors in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Iowa, his passion still remains. Since arriving in the Bay Area, he has portrayed Nicely Nicely Johnson in Mountain Play Association’s 2010 production of Guys and Dolls and Edna Turnblad in their 2011 production of Hairspray. Joshua is currently the Director of Community Engagement for Canal Alliance in San Rafael. 
TOM CURTIN (LT Brannigan) makes his enthusiastic return to Berkeley Playhouse’s stage after an extraordinary experience in the Ensemble of this season’s first production, The Sound of Music. He has enjoyed performing on stage over the years (past roles include Jesus in Godspell and Avram in Fiddler on the Roof, as well as singing in many local choirs), and has had fun sharing his talents on the ‘other side of the curtain’, as well. In recent years, he’s collaborated in set and production logistics for Alameda Children’s Musical Theater’s productions of The Sound of Music, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Women, and Into The Woods. Tom’s immensely grateful to Berkeley Playhouse for this wonderful opportunity, and to his family for their loving patience and support of this new and exciting journey.
  AASHA DEV (The Girl) is thrilled to be back on the MainStage for this production of Guys and Dolls. She’s grateful to the folks at Berkeley Playhouse for giving her this opportunity. She has been in several Berkeley Playhouse productions including most recently Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. (Peter Pan) and in the MainStage production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mike TeaVee). She’s currently in 5th grade at Berkwood Hedge School.

GIANNA DIGREGORIO (Hot Box Girl / Mission Band / Havana) is a recent graduate of Solano College’s Actor Training Program. Her favorite roles include Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missouri Street Theatre), Placard Girl in Reefer Madness (BOTTG), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (SCT), and Sophie/Boylan Sister in Annie (SCT.) This is her first production with Berkeley Playhouse and is very excited to be a part of such a phenomenal show.

MARY GIBBONEY (General Matilda B Cartwright) works as a stage and commercial actress in Northern California.  This is her fourth production with Berkeley Playhouse.  She most recently  performed in the long running production Absolutely San Francisco, a one-woman show in downtown San Francisco.  Previous Berkeley Playhouse productions and roles include: Mrs. Beaver in Narnia, Stepmother in Cinderella, and Mrs. Sowerberry in Oliver.  Other recent productions include Smokey Joe’s Café at Bus Barn Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest at the California Theatre Center, Stage Struck, Spitfire Grill both at the California Conservatory Theatre, Thoroughly Modern Millie at Broadway By The Bay, Cabaret at Shotgun Players, and Copenhagen at Town Hall Theatre.  

MELISSA MARTINEZ (Hot Box Girl / Mission Band / Havana) This is Melissa’s first show with Berkeley Playhouse. She has her B.F.A in Theater Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her favorite roles include Hermia in Midsummer, Jon Tracy’s adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream for Solano Repertory Company, Diana Morales in A Chorus Line for Solano College Theater, and Agnes in A Bright Room Called Day for the University of the Arts. She would like to thank Jon Tracy for this, and all the other wonderful opportunities he has given her through out her career. Guys and Dolls is one of her favorite shows and she is thrilled for the chance to share it with you all again!.

MATTHEW MCCOY (Harry the Horse / Havana), is ecstatic to be part of Guys & Dolls at Berkeley Playhouse.  Matthew holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University. Professional credits: Boeing, Boeing (Robert), Chicago (Harry), The 39 Steps (Clown 1), Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, and A Year with Frog & Toad.  Favorite roles: Into the Woods (The Baker), 25th…Bee (Leaf Coneybear), A Servant of Two Masters (Arlecchino), The Producers (Leo Bloom), The Music Man (Tommy Djilas), The Wizard of Oz (The Cowardly Lion), and BIGFOOT (Maximum Grey)—new musical by Tony-winning composer Marc Hollman. He says, “thanks cast and crew for a wonderful experience and you for supporting live theatre!” www.matthew-mccoy.com
AEJAY MITCHELL (Rusty Charlie / Havana), an Equity Membership Candidate, is proud to be making his debut on the Berkeley Playhouse stage. Hailing from Louisiana, his work on the theatre and dance stage has been seen in regional productions across the states including M. Butterfly at JET Theatre-Michigan and My Fair Lady at Shreveport Opera-Louisiana. Finding his way to San Francisco this July, he has dived into the Bay Area theatre community as Jonathan Harker in Inferno Theatre’s Dracula and Dream Titan in Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Within the Wheel last fall. He also performed with San Francisco’s Man Dance Company in “On Broadway,” choreographed by Bryon Heinrich as the 2012 Youth Competition Award winner.
SARAH MITCHELL (Adelaide) is stoked to return to BPH and work with John Tracy again. Recent stage credits include Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Chloe) with New Conservatory Theatre Center; Beardo (Shack Woman), The Farm (Bluebell), and The Norman Conquests (Ruth) with Shotgun Players; Seussical (Mayzie) with Berkeley Playhouse; Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party (Tina) with SF Playhouse, ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi (Blanche) with Cutting Ball. She is also a company member of Killing My Lobster, SF’s premier sketch comedy group, where she has directed, produced, and performed. 
ELI CLARKE NICHOLS (The Boy) has performed with Berkeley Playhouse in Seussical, Annie, Willie Wonka and Carnival. Eli has appeared in several commercials, and sings regularly at the Youth Open Mic. He is preparing an EP of original music. He is 12 years old and attends Longfellow Middle School in Berkeley.
SIMONE OLSEN-VARELA (Hot Box Girl / Mission Band / Havana) is thrilled to make her Hot Box Girl debut at the Berkeley Playhouse! A Bay Area native, Simone attended Bishop O’Dowd High and received her BFA in Acting from DePaul University. After a world-wide tour of Cyrano de Bergerac (ArtSpot Educational Theatre), Simone has just returned to the bay area, most recently seen as Carmen in Much Ado about Nothing (Curtain Theatre, Mill Valley) and Jeanie in Fat Pig (Boxcar Theatre, SF). Other credits include Midsummer Night’s Dream, Electricidad, and Urinetown. She also recently starred in the short film, All I Think of is You (Shad Clark Films), now showing in local festivals. Simone is represented by Look Talent Agency in San Francisco. www.simoneolsenvarela.com

CATHERINE DUVAL PETRU (Hot Box Girl / Mission Band / Havana) is ecstatic to make her debut at Berkeley Playhouse with the fantastic cast and crew of Guys and Dolls! Her previous productions include A Chorus Line, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and most recently, The Vagina Monologues. Though she holds a B.A. in Critical Theory and Social Justice from Occidental College, her deepest driving passion was studying dance with Kimberly Miguel Mullen, which led her to practice in places like Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, and Trinidad. She is currently pursuing the performing arts in all forms, and studies under vocal coach, Adrienne Shamszad.

BEN ROTENBERG (The Boy) is a seventh grader at Albany Middle School. He has previously appeared in Berkeley Playhouse’s Mainstage productions of Sound of Music (Abbey Kid), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mike Teavee) and Lucky Duck (Chicken Little).
TERRY RUCKER  (Big Jule / Arvide / Master of Ceremonies / Joey Biltmore) is thrilled to be in his fourth production with the Berkeley Playhouse having been in Pirates of Penzance, Born and Raised, and Narnia and to again work with Jon Tracy.  Favorite productions include: Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing with the Marin Shakespeare Company, Man of La Mancha and Mrs. Bob Cratchitt’s Wild Christmas Binge with the San Francisco Playhouse, and Absolutely San Francisco with Not Quite Opera.  Thanks to my wife Deborah for letting me come out and play.
GREGORY SOTTOLANO (Benny Southstreet): Greg is humbled to be making his Berkeley Playhouse debut in Guys & Dolls and thanks them for placing their bets on him.  An HR Director at Visa by day, he has been moonlighting for the last few years in Bay Area theatre learning from and working with companies including Ray of Light Theatre (Assassins – BATCC Award for Best Featured Actor), American Conservatory Theatre, San Jose Stage, Woodminster, Diablo Theatre Company, Hillbarn, and Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (PCRT).  He also works behind the scenes on the Artistic Staff at Ray of Light Theatre and as a member of PCRT’s Board of Directors.
LESLIE WAGGONER (Hot Box Girl / Mission Band / Havana) is jazzed to be working with Mr. Tracy again. She was last seen in Ray of Light’s The Full Monty (Pam). Also with Ray of Light, Debbie Does Dallas (Roberta) and Grease. Previously, she spent 4 years as a company member of Killing My Lobster, SF’s premiere sketch comedy troupe. Other credits include Tyler in the long-running hit Point Break Live!, Anybodys in West Side Story at AMTSJ and DLOC, various shows at the Exit, Magic, Mills College, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, SF Shakes and a special appearance as the lead dancer behind acclaimed cabaret artist Shawn Ryan at the Herbst. Love and thanks to Mom, Sarah and Ruth P. Mitchell. 
MICHAEL SCOTT WELLS (Nathan Detroit) is overjoyed to be joining the Berkeley Playhouse family and  to be working with the amazing Jon Tracy once again, having previous worked with him as Ash in Evil Dead The Musical (Willows Theatre). Recent credits include Henry in Next to Normal (Pinole Playhouse), Freddie in Pygmalion (THT), Link in Hairspray (BBB) and Aaron Shultz/Grandmaster Chad in Legally Blonde The Musical (Diablo Theater Company). By day, Michael works for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater. Love to the ever-growing Wells family and the one and only Bean.
C R E A T I V E  
  JON TRACY (Director / Set Design) has directed for such companies as Shotgun Players (The Farm, The Salt Plays Pt. 1 & 2), The SF Playhouse (Man of La Mancha, Bug, Slasher, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Aaron Loeb’s award winning First Person Shooter), Magic Theatre (Any Given Day and the upcoming Terminus), Marin Theatre Company (It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play), American Conservatory Theatre (directing their MFA students in The Rainmaker, The Diviners), Aurora Theatre (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety), Darkroom Productions (Founder, Former Artistic Director; directed and designed productions of Macbeth, subUrbia, King Lear, Marisol, Some Devil Whisper and The Good News, which he also wrote), Willows Theatre (West Coast premiere of Evil Dead: The Musical), Impact Theatre (writer and director of See How We Are and the upcoming VS.), New Conservatory Theatre (Bay Area Critics Circle Nomination for Fight Choreography of R & J), The Berkeley Playhouse (The BFG, The Wizard of Oz, Narnia, Pirates of Penzance, and the writer/director of Born and Raised as well as core instructor for their youth programs). He is also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award, fifteen North Bay Arty Awards, a Sacramento Elly Award, Bay Area Critics Circle Award and is a grant recipient from Theatre Bay Area and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a proud memebr of SDC, the union for stage directors and choreographers.
  ROBERT MICHAEL (Musical Director) is an accomplished musical director and composer. He grew up in Modesto, CA, where he began playing piano and composing at the age of twelve. He spent his youth performing and playing in the orchestra for many different theatre companies. Robert studied music at CSU, Stanislaus, and has written award-winning original compositions for various festivals and theatre productions. He has been collaborating with Brendan Simon for three years.
  CHRIS BLACK (Choreographer) Theatre credits include Io – Princess of Argos! (Art Street Theatre), Salome (Aurora Theatre, BATCC Award for Best Choreography), Singin’ In The Rain (Berkeley Playhouse), Jerry Springer the Opera (ROL Theatre), BEARDO (Shotgun Players, BATCC Award for Best Choreography) and Salomania (Aurora Theatre). She has also received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Choreography and was the first performing artist to be in residence at the California Academy of Sciences. Her next project is a solo inspired by John L. Sullivan, the last heavyweight bareknuckle boxing champion.
  SABRINA LAZARUS (STAGE MANAGER) is thrilled to be working on her first production with Berkeley Playhouse. She recently completed a stage management fellowship at American Conservatory Theater, where she was honored to work on Once In A Lifetime, A Christmas Carol and Maple and Vine, as well as several shows with the A.C.T. Conservatory. Other recent stage management credits include Wilder Times (Aurora Theatre Company), The Odyssey (A.C.T. Conservatory), Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Flitch (Tisch School of the Arts), and several productions at Northwestern University
  NINA BALL (Set Designer) has worked all over the Bay Area designing sets and costumes. Her work has been seen at Shotgun Players (where she is a company member), Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Z-Space, Word for Word, TheatreFIRST, Berkeley Playhouse, The Jewish Theatre, Musical Theatre Works, Town Hall Theatre, Solano College, Willows Theatre Company, St Mary’s College and San Francisco State University. She was the recipient of the 2009 Landisman Fellowship and has been nominated for numerous awards. ninaball.com
  ABRA BERMAN (Costume Designer) has been designing costumes for over twenty five years. Collaborations include Berkeley Playhouse (Pirates of Penzance), San Francisco Playhouse (MOFO, Bell Book and Candle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, My Fair Lady), West Bay Opera (Tales of Hoffman, Aida, Samson and Delilah, Dido and Aeneas), Marin Shakespeare Company (The Liar, King John, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Taming of the Shrew), Company C Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet (Scheherezade), as well as Berkeley Opera, Brava Theatre, Pocket Opera, Lamplighters Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Palo Alto Players, The De Young Museum, The Museum of Performance and Design, Hillbarn Theatre, Arclight Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Ballet Califia, Cinnabar Theatre, and Sonoma County Repertory Theatre. Abra has an MFA from UCLA in theatrical costume design and is Faculty at the Art Institute San Francisco.
  MICHAEL PALUMBO (Lighting Designer) returns to Berkeley Playhouse after designing lighting for last season’s Pirates of Penzance. He has designed lighting and/or scenery for theatre & opera companies including TheatreWorks, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Sacramento Opera, Opera San Jose, Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, San Jose Stage Company, Diablo Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA Program, Pacific Repertory Theatre, City Lights Theatre Company of San Jose, TheatreFirst, Shotgun Players, Inferno Theatre, SCT/Harbor Theatre, TeatroVision, and Palo Alto Players. He is also producer of the off-broadway hit BARE: the Musical, playing at New World Stages in NYC.
  BRENDAN AANES (Sound) is a sound and video artist working with the synaesthetic possibilities of media technology to transform and represent the world into unexpected dimensions. Brendan has also composed music for award-winning modern dance performances, and designed lighting and sound for theatrical performances of varying genres. In the past, Brendan has performed as a violinist in premieres of compositions of various genres, as well as his own solo sets which utilize a handmade violin extended with a set of accelerometer motion sensors. Brendan holds an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College in Oakland, where he worked with James Fei, Chris Brown, Pauline Oliveros, and others.
  DEVON LABELLE (Props Master) is a theatrical/visual/improvisation teacher who is constantly working to bridge visual and performative art mediums to create an arts-inclusive sensibility in the classroom. Berkeley Playhouse productions include: Sound of Music (Props Master) Pirates of Penzance (Props Master), My Son Pinocchio (Director, Props Master), Sweeney Todd (Props Master), Born and Raised (Props Master), and Honk! Jr. (Props Master). Some favorite Bay Area credits include: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Drawer Boy (Theatre FIRST), A Year with Frog and Toad and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Bay Area Children’s Theatre).
  * Member, Actor’s Equity Association (AEA). AEA, founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org